Final: Tigers 6, Pirates 0
This was a pretty exciting game to watch, as a baseball fan. However, as a Pirates fan, it was pretty unbearable.
Justin Verlander, owner of two career no-hitters was just mowing down batters. The Pirates, who put together a lineup including four hitters with a sub-.200 batting average, were not offering much resistance.
Then, in the 9th inning, with one out, Josh Harrison lived up to his position as the club’s designated hitter, and delivered a bloop single into center field. And Pirate Nation rejoiced.
Brad Lincoln got in a jam in the 8th inning when he gave up back-to-back doubles to put runners on 2nd and 3rd. He then struck out the next three batters.
As a side note, there seemed to be quite a split during tonight’s game between people who were actually rooting for Verlander to complete his no-hitter and those who wanted the Pirates to break it up. I’m not going to criticize anyone either way, but personally, I never want to see my team get no-hit. Not that it’s any more embarrassing than 19 straight years of losing, it’s just something I never want to see.